A Cal Poly Pomona chemistry professor’s legacy came full circle in May, when two state-of-the–art chemistry labs were unveiled in her honor.
The newly renovated Chevy Goldstein Physical Chemistry and Computational Chemistry labs were made possible by a $300,000 donation from the sister of Professor Elisheva “Chevy” Goldstein.
Prior to her passing in 2007, Goldstein was a powerful force in the chemistry department and the College of Science as a whole. She was known for encouraging collaboration between departments and working with students to further their research experiences.
On Friday, May 15, Goldstein’s sister, Dina Perry; her parents, Joseph and Erika Axelrad; her husband, daughter and grandson; University President Soraya Coley; College of Science Dean Brian Jersky; as well as faculty and staff members, gathered in Building 3 for a grand-opening ceremony.
Coley called Perry’s donation an “important gift” and said it would help to ensure that Cal Poly Pomona graduates are receiving a world-class education.
“If our graduates are going to continue to be in high demand, they need access to the best learning environment we can provide them,” she said. “I can’t think of a better way of recognizing the spirit and the contributions of Dr. Goldstein.”
In a spontaneous moment during the unveiling ceremony, Goldstein’s father, 100-year-old Joseph Axelrad, read aloud the bronze plaque that dedicated the labs to his daughter.
“I can tell you she would be extremely pleased — more than pleased, she would be happy,” Axelrad said of Goldstein.
Perry, touched by the scene, looked on with tears welling up in her eyes.
“I was really impressed with all the people who came to the opening,” Perry said. “I particularly want to thank the dean because he originated the idea.’
“I was also very glad my parents could see this. It was really touching for me to see their joy.”
Perry also has made donations to fund the Chevy Goldstein Distinguished Lecture series and a scholarship for chemistry students.